Sunday 23 August 2015

The Great Outdoors September issue: Walking the Yukon, wild camping, A Walk In The Woods, water treatment & containers

In the Ogilvie Mountains in the Yukon Territory

Twenty-five years ago I was in the middle of a 1000 mile walk through the Yukon Territory, the remotest and wildest walk I've undertaken. I've written about the walk in my Backpacking column in the September issue of The Great Outdoors, which has just come out. I'll be posting some more pictures from the trip here soon.

In September the film A Walk In The Woods, based on Bill Bryson's book about his Appalachian Trail walk, will be released. Is it worth seeing? My review is in this issue.

The magazine has a big section on wild camping, to which I've contributed pieces on finding a pitch and dealing with stormy weather plus selected five each of tents, sleeping bags, sleeping mats and stoves and three headlamps. In the gear pages I review ten water filters and purifiers, seven water containers and the Jottnar Hymir Neoshell smock.

Also in this issue Emily Rodway interviews comedian Mark Thomas about how the Kinder Trespass inspired his new show; Dougie Cunningham has a musical trip to Rum; Paul Beasley has a mysterious time on the Lych Way across Dartmoor; Stewart Smith photographs the Lake District in the early hours; Ronald Turnbull bivvies on summits; Will Renwick talks to Kenton Cool about his amazing Everest record; Phoebe Smith visits the Hida Mountains in Japan; Carey Davies scrambles up Jack's Rake; Roger Smith wonders about the new Rewilding Britain group; and Jim Perrin praises Lynn Schooler's Walking Home: A Journey in the Alaskan Wilderness.

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